156 History of Wake Forest College
Wingate's success as a college president, however, was greater in
other ways. One of these ways was his wisdom in selecting men for
the faculty. Consider those who were added during his presidency and
who until his death constituted that faculty. First, in 1855, Williams
Gaston Simmons was added as Professor of Chemistry; next, in 1859,
William Royall, as Professor of Languages; next in 1866, William
Bailey Royall, who became Professor of Greek; next, in 1867, Luther
Rice Mills, who became Professor of Mathematics and later Bursar;
next, in 1870, Charles Elisha Taylor, Professor of Latin and later
President. To be added to these, as those on whom Wingate's choice
fell, and who were tutors in the year of his death, are two others,
William Louis Poteat and Needham Y. Gulley. All of these were re-
markable men, and while their gifts varied, they were all dis-
tinguished for their native talent, scholarship, dignity of person,
character, moral force, and teaching ability. In these respects any one
of these men, like Wingate himself, will compare favorably with any
other men ever on the faculty of Wake Forest College or any other
institution. That Wingate should have succeeded in choosing an entire
faculty of such men is no little achievement.
Wingate's success as a college president is shown further in the
extraordinary influence he had on the students. Dr. T. H. Pritchard, in
his obituary
sketch,8
says
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out to Raleigh, Dr. Wingate told me that he wanted me to do the talking to the
brethren, as he expressed it. I saw at once from the look on his face that he was
praying over the matter. I consented cheerfully. I never was afraid to talk to the
brethren when Dr. Wingate was praying.... The Committee met in Col. J. M. Heck's
parlor, and I laid the matter before them as best I could. After I had finished, Dr.
Wingate stopped praying long enough to say that he concurred very fully in what I
had said. Bro. J. S. Purefoy was appointed to raise the necessary money. Dr.
Wingate and I spent the night, sleeping in the same bed, at Colonel Heck's. It was a
bright moonlight night and we left the blinds of the window near our bed open, and
it was quite light in the room. I could not sleep. I was too much interested in Dr.
Wingate's praying and the new chapel building. Every now and then I would rise up
on my elbow and look into his face, and every time I found he was praying. I
continued this till perhaps three o'clock in the morning, when I fell asleep. The next
morning there was a happy, contented look on his face. I felt sure God had given
him an answer."
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Biblical Recorder, March 5, 1879.
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